Saturday, May 23, 2009

Book review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.

This book has swept over the blogging community and I'm sure most of you already have read about it on several blogs, still I have to write a few words about The Hunger Games. Some of you might find the synopsis slightly boring, but I promise you that this book is no way near boring. I must admit that I might never have given this book a change if it weren't for a blog review stating that I would miss out on something if I didn't read this book. Well I couldn't let that happen, could I?

The Hunger Games fitted perfectly as a part of my 2009 Young Adult Challenge, so I decided to give it a chance. I was a bit worried that this book would be horrible, 24 kids killing each other off sounds a bit horrible to me. Maybe especially since I am a mother myself, and every normal parents would want to protect their children from any harm. In this book the parents can only watch their children being chosen to participate in this collective punishment, as to remind everyone of who's in charge of Panem. I pray that reality-tv never ever goes this far!

Suzanne Collins has manged to create a great fictional story that not only contains crulty but is a story about familyties, love, kindness and friendship. What an amazing read this was! The suspense in this book is neverending, a real page turner. The best book I have read so far this year. I'm really looking forward to read book two in this trilogy, Catching Fire, it'll be released in September. Catching Fire can be preordred at Amazon.

My rating of this book:

Oh, I nearly forgot but this book is on the planning stage for filmadaption and the release date will be sometime in 2011!

If you have reviewed this book let me know and I'll post a link to your review below.
Want another opinion on this book? Check out these reviews below: About the author:
Suzanne Collins lives in Connecticut with her family.

Her career began in 1991 as a writer for children's television shows, she worked on several shows on Nickelodeon.

Collins met an author of children's books which inspired her to write children's books herself. She wrote a series for children called The Underland Chronicles, inspiration for the series she got from the fairytale Alice in Wonderland.

Read more about Suzanne Collins and her books on her homepage.


  1. This sounds like an interesting book to add to my TBR :) Thanks for the review!!

  2. I loved this book... one of my favorites of the year for sure. Great review. I'm linking it from mine, which is here:

    I see your also reading Shadow of the Wind, which I really liked. Can't wait to hear what you thought.

  3. Thank you! I have added the link to your review in my post =)

    I'm hoping to finish Shadow of the Wind tomorrow :)

  4. I have heard so much about The Hunger Games. I can't wait to read it. :-)

  5. I also really enjoyed The Hunger Games!

    It has been a while since I read Shadow of the Wind. I enjoyed it, but I don't think it was ideal for me in audio. I hope you liked it.

  6. This is one of my favorite books of 2009. So wonderful. I'm so glad I picked it up, too! Like you, i worried because I'm a mother, but it didn't read like the gory story it could have been.

  7. Great review, I'm definitely putting an order in for this one!

  8. Teddyree: You should!

    imbookingit: I enjoyed The Shadow of the Wind very much, finished it yesterday. I figured out some of the mystery before it was reviled(it reminded me of a mystery in another book I have read) and that ruined a bit if the book I thought.

    Nan: Alle the great things said about this book is true ;)

  9. Great review!!

    I am definitely going to read it!

  10. Har akkurat skrevet om denne boken(korfattet!), så rotet jeg meg tilfeldigivs inn her, på jakt etter andre bokblogger, og noe av det første jeg finner er dette, pga 2009 listen. Hah, "tilfeldighetene" råder igjen!

    bloggen din er forresten urettferdig strukturert på en rotete måte^^


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